Beginning next summer, all new construction — including single-family homes — in the state of California will be required to use green building techniques, including energy efficiency measures and low- or no-volatile organic compound (VOC) adhesives.   

The California Green Building Standards Code was passed by the state’s Building Standards Commission this month, and the standards will take effect July 1, 2009, as guidelines. Those standards will become code requirements over the following three years.

In July 2009, energy efficiency standards will go into effect. In January 2011, air quality, moisture control and resource conservation standards take effect. In July 2011, water-use standards will go into effect.

The code also will require detailed building operation and maintenance manuals be made available at the time of occupancy.

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